“People waiting for care or diagnosis must not feel forgotten” - Chair of Health and Social Care Committee

Published 02/03/2023   |   Last Updated 02/03/2023   |   Reading Time minutes

In response to a report published today by Audit Wales, about waiting times for NHS Orthopaedic services, the Chair of the Senedd’s Health and Social Care Committee says it is crucial that adequate support is provided for those waiting for treatment:

Russell George MS, Chair of the Senedd’s Health and Social Care Committee says:

“I support the findings of the Auditor General’s report, especially its emphasis on providing adequate support for people waiting for Orthopaedic treatment or diagnosis. The importance of supporting people to live well whilst waiting was a key finding of the Committee’s own report on NHS waiting times, published in April 2022. People must not be made to feel forgotten.

“We continue to monitor the Welsh Government’s progress on reducing the backlog and, in a recent letter to the Minister for Health and Social Care, we acknowledge that progress is being made. However, improvements are slower than envisaged in the Welsh Government’s programme and given the volume of patients still waiting to be seen, more must be done if the backlog is to be cleared.”

The Health and Social Care Committee continually monitor Welsh Government’s plan for transforming and modernising planned care and reducing waiting lists The Committee’s latest monitoring report was published in February 2023.

Audit Wales’ report - Orthopaedic Services in Wales – Tackling the Waiting List Backlog - is available here